Last Updated: 18th Apr 2024


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Edoras on Sunday

Methven, Canterbury

Submitted by Isobel Stout

Last Updated: 18th Apr 2024


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Grunt Factor: 14 ?

Gnarl Factor: 15 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -5.9%


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The entire trail is very well indicated with DOC's orange topped waratahs. From the carpark go though the small gate, making sure it's closed behind you and then follow the poles. Some small alternate trails are obvious but DOC asks visitors to keep to the marked trail. A swing bridge will keep your feet dry.

This trail includes the peak Mount Sunday.

This once obscure lump of rock in a remote river valley became world famous as the location for Edoras in the LOTR films. Besides its more recent history the rock itself is an interesting geological feature having to be extra hard to resist the passage of long-gone glaciers. This area is also habitat for rare birds, fish and plants. There are interpretation boards along the way.

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No public transport but a large car park is provided. This is a popular spot so expect some coming and going.

48 km

97 minutes





Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

No potable supply - take your own.

The trail is likely to be straightforward in any weather, it's the road in that may be closed from time to time with snow or washouts.

Rabbit holes!

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Kristie Leigh

has completed Edoras on Sunday twice in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

I just realised I've been listed as 'trail legend' for this, thanks Strava, but I've only ever walked it!
This is one of my favourite trails to take visitors from out of town for a short easy walk.
As one of the few short "easy" trails listed here for mid-Canterbury it's worth a look. I'm giving it 5 stars because I am a LoTR fan, and the views are spectacular.
My only very minor complaint is the drive (from my home town Methven) is longer than the walk. But add on Lake Clearwater loop while you are out that way to make it worth the drive.

Kristie Leigh

February 28

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